Many carmakers are looking to develop compact last-mile solutions as cities get crowded by the day. Ford threw the commute challenge to its employees, to solve the Last Mile Mobility Challenge, which resulted in over 600 ideas, and one of the finalists is the Carr-E.
Being a small car, the Carr-E has an impressive set of abilities. Designed by a systems engineer based in Germany, the car is able to carry people or objects weighing up to 120kg, and travel up a top speed of 18km/h.
The Carr-E has a range of 22 km, sufficient enough to travel from a car park to the office or train station. The Carr-E can also carry luggage and is not limited to carrying just humans.
Owners can have a beacon in their pocket and start walking, and the Carr-E will start following them. Ultrasonic sensors help detect obstacles, and there are functioning lights located on the front and rear. There's even built-in GPS.
Kilian Vas, the designer says, "We really need to reinvent the wheel, to find new approaches to mobility. When developing the Carr-E, I was inspired by Ford's expansion into auto and a mobility company, but I'm also aware of how rapidly cities are growing and how getting around urban areas will become progressively more complicated.
Above is a video of the Carr-E in action, against an electric trike and a semi-autonomous wheelchair in the finals of the Last Mile Mobility Challenge.